By Brett Halliday
Mike Shayne tangles with a Miami seashore blackmailer on behalf of a long-forgotten friend
It's been 4 years considering that his spouse used to be murdered, and Mike Shayne isn't prepared to recollect the outdated days. He's again in Miami while he sees Christine, as soon as his wife's closest pal, and anything in his intestine tells him to stick away. Newly married, Christine has racked up $10,000 in playing money owed, and she's able to pawn the single invaluable factor she owns: a string of worthwhile pearls. She asks Shayne to make the handoff. The setup smells fishy, yet he consents to help—not for Christine's sake, yet for the reminiscence of the girl he loved.
Through a little speedy pondering, Shayne erases the debt with out wasting the pearls. His purchaser could be delighted, yet Christine is livid that he replaced the plan. ahead of lengthy, Shayne is trapped in an internet of blackmail and homicide, the place the #1 suspect is Mike Shayne.
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How approximately you? ” Shayne swung on Floyd Hudson. “You reached domestic simply as i used to be leaving at 4. ” “I poured myself a number of drinks,” Floyd instructed him with an unsightly giggle. “After making your self so objectionable your sister-in-law locked herself up? ” “See the following, Shayne,” stated Leslie Hudson angrily. “I don’t like your tone or your insinuations. ” “The hell you don’t,” Shayne snapped. “If you don’t understand your brother has been making lifestyles depressing on your spouse it’s time you have been advised. ” Shayne grew to become fast to Mrs. Hudson. “You did cross upstairs to break out from him, didn’t you Christine? ” “Yes,” she replied, her cheeks flushing. “Why? ” Shayne swung on Floyd back. “Was it since you anticipated Angus Browne and didn’t wish any witnesses to the assembly? Had you already deliberate to kill him and throw his physique within the bay? ” “I don’t comprehend what you’re speaking approximately. I didn’t recognize Browne,” he acknowledged sullenly. “But you have been the following. Downstairs on your own among 4 and four-thirty. ” “Mrs. Morgan was once around,” he acknowledged uncertainly. Shayne requested Leslie Hudson, “Where have been you in the course of that part hour? ” “Driving domestic from the workplace. i used to be pretty well dissatisfied and left for domestic early. ” “When did you arrive? ” “About 1 / 4 of five,” he spoke back, glancing at his spouse for affirmation. Christine nodded and acknowledged, “He got here upstairs approximately ten mins of 5. ” “What distinction do a couple of minutes make? ” Leslie requested impatiently. “A jiffy is all it takes to dedicate murder,” Shayne informed him, and became his realization to Victor Morrison. “Have you an alibi for that interval? ” “This is preposterous,” protested the financier. He appeared angrily at Painter. “Are you going to permit this fellow stick with this all evening? ” leader Painter acknowledged incisively, “I accept as true with Mr. Morrison. You’re creating a grandstand play with out getting anyplace in any respect. ” “I’ll get somewhere,” acknowledged Shayne grimly, “if i will discover a unmarried optimistic alibi during this complete bunch. You went for an additional experience on your boat this afternoon,” he reminded Morrison. “It appears to be like a behavior of yours to be out on my own on your boat whereas murders are being dedicated around the bay. ” “I did exit for a spin approximately 4 o’clock,” he conceded. “Do you think that I met this inner most detective in the course of the bay and killed him? ” “You may have come over right here and met him on shore, then carried him out a long way and dumped him. ” “In part an hour? ” requested Morrison contemptuously. “My son can testify I wasn’t out greater than that. He was once expecting me whilst I again, and had timed me. it should require not less than an hour to arrive this facet and go back. you could take the boat and cost it if you want. ” Shayne stated quietly, “That’s what i used to be doing this afternoon while i found Browne’s physique. at the moment i assumed you've gotten slipped over right here to kill the maid final evening. ” Shayne was once turning to query Hampstead back whilst the phone rang. He whirled approximately and stalked towards the library to reply to it. He met Mrs. Morgan within the doorway. Her eyes have been large and anxious and he or she twisted her arms as if panic-stricken.